Over the past 16 months, Colin Kaepernick has had plenty to say on social media and in press conferences about the state of affairs for black people in America. Dating back to early 2016, he has regularly posted on social media about issues with police in America, and of course, we all know about his protest this past season in which he and other players took a knee during the National Anthem (if you missed it, let me know what rock you were buried under).
Kaepernick, who famously protested police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem last season, tweeted an image over the weekend of a police badge beside a fugitive slave patrol.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick posted to his Twitter account Friday an image of a runaway slave patrol badge and a police badge with the message, “You can’t ignore your history. Always remember who they are.”
A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled! pic.twitter.com/BVVPVZIQyD
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 16, 2017
He was responding to the news on Friday that Officer Jeronimo Yanez was not guilty of murdering 32-year-old Philando Castile at traffic stop in a St Paul suburb last year.
The tweet itself is plenty incendiary, but it certainly has people talking. Ideally, people will take a minute and consider, “well, why is he tweeting this? Maybe I should do some more research into the subject.” I’m not holding my breath that a lot of people will approach it with that kind of nuance, but you never know.
I can say I doubt I would have thought about the topic, let alone done more research on it, if not for the tweet. And I have to say, it is a fascinating topic.